July 3, 2017 by
The 1939 Act forbids the intimidation or bribery of voters and restricts political campaign activities by federal employees. It prohibits using any public funds designated for relief or public works for electoral purposes. It forbids officials paid with federal funds from using promises of jobs, promotion, financial assistance, contracts, or any other benefit to coerce campaign contributions or political support.
It provides that persons below the policy-making level in the executive branch of the federal government must not only refrain from political practices that would be illegal for any citizen, but must abstain from “any active part” in political campaigns, using this language to specify those who are exempt:
(i) an employee paid from an appropriation for the Executive Office of the President; or
(ii) an employee appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the
Senate, whose position is located within the United States, who determines policies to be pursued by the United States in the nationwide administration of Federal laws.
Federal workers at the departments of State, Treasury, Justice and Health and Human Services have given at least 10 times more in campaign contributions to Democrats than Republicans so far in the 2016 election cycle.
Department of Treasury workers made the most lopsided contributions from among agencies employing the 2.2 million strong federal workforce, giving $170,897 to Democrats, versus just $1,925 to Republicans in 2015 and 2016, according to Center for Responsive Politics data compiled by FedSmith.
Department of State employees have donated $299,224 to Democrats, versus $24,241 to Republicans; Health and Human Services workers have given $139,483 to Democrats, versus $12,319 to Republicans; and Department of Justice workers have donated $137,603 to Democrats, compared with $14,939 to Republicans.
Department of Veterans Affairs employees have also favored Democrats in the 2016 cycle, giving $118,834 to Democrats, versus $36,738 to Republicans. Department of Energy employees have given $120,271 to Democrats, versus $14,377 to Republicans.
Total contributions from federal workers could be much higher, since donors don’t always report their employer. (RELATED: EPA Employees Load Dems With Dough)
U.S. Postal Service workers were the most balanced of any major federal agency so far in this election cycle, giving $162,645 to Democrats, versus $112,840 to Republicans.
The Center for Responsive Politics pulls its data from the Federal Election Commission.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employee donations to Democrats have outnumbered those to Republicans by 2-1 over the last 25 years. TheDCNF also reported that Democrats received 74 percent of HHS employee contributions between 2007 and 2004.